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College Bowl Games - Schedule 20016-2017

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College Bowl Games - Schedule 20016-2017
all times Eastern

Photo - Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban - 2016 National Champions

Bowl Game/Date/Time/Site
New Mexico - Dec. 17, 2 p.m. Albuquerque, N.M.
Las Vegas - Dec. 17, 3:30 p.m. Las Vegas, Nev.
Camellia - Dec. 17, 5:30 p.m. Montgomery, Ala.
New Orleans - Dec. 17, 9 p.m. New Orleans, La.
Miami Beach - Dec. 19, 2:30 p.m. Miami, Fla.
Boca Raton - Dec. 20, 7 p.m. Boca Raton, Fla.
Poinsettia - Dec. 21, 9 p.m. San Diego, Calif.
Potato - Dec. 22, 7 p.m. Boise, Idaho
Bahamas - Dec. 23, 1 p.m. Nassau, Bahamas
Armed Forces - Dec. 23, 4:30 p.m. Fort Worth, Tex.
Go Daddy - Dec. 23, 8 p.m. Mobile, Ala.
Hawaii - Dec. 24, 8 p.m. Honolulu, Hawaii
St. Petersburg - Dec. 26, 11 a.m. St. Petersburg, Fla.
Quick Lane - Dec. 26, 2:30 p.m. Detroit, Mich.
Independence - Dec. 26, 5 p.m. Shreveport, Louisiana
Heart of Dallas - Dec. 27, Noon Dallas, Texas
Military - Dec. 27, 3:30 p.m. Annapolis, Maryland
Holiday - Dec. 27, 7 p.m. San Diego, Calif.
Cactus - Dec. 27, 10:15 p.m. Phoenix, Ariz.
Pinstripe - Dec. 28, 2 p.m. New York, NY
Russell Athletic - Dec. 28, 5:30 p.m. Orlando, Fla.
Foster Farms - Dec. 28, 8:30 p.m. Santa Clara, Calif.
Texas - Dec. 28, 9 p.m. Houston, Texas
Birmingham - Dec. 29, 2 p.m. Birmingham, Ala.
Belk - Dec. 29, 5:30 p.m. Charlotte, N.C.
Alamo - Dec. 29, 9 p.m. San Antonio, Texas
Arizona - Dec. 30, TBD Tucson, Ariz.
Liberty - Dec. 30, Noon Memphis, Tenn.
Sun - Dec. 30, 2 p.m. El Paso, Texas
Music City - Dec. 30, 3:30 p.m. Nashville, Tenn.
Orange - Dec. 30, 8 p.m. Miami Gardens, Fla.

Peach Bowl - Dec. 31, TBD Atlanta, Ga. - CFP Semifinal
Fiesta Bowl - Dec. 31, TBD Glendale, Ariz. - CFP Semifinal

Taxslayer - Dec. 31, 11 a.m. Jacksonville, Fla.
Citrus - Dec. 31, 11 a.m. Orlando, Fla.
Outback - Jan. 2, 1 p.m. Tampa, Fla.
Cotton - Jan. 2, 1 p.m. Arlington, Texas
Rose - Jan. 2, 5 p.m. Pasadena, Calif.
Sugar - Jan. 2, 8:30 p.m. New Orleans, La.

CFP National Championship
Jan. 9 - TBD Tampa, Fla. - Peach Winner vs. Fiesta Winner

FBS College Football Playoff: Eligible Conferences
• FBS Independents - Army, BYU, Navy and Notre Dame are also eligible for the College Football Playoff.

Semifinals Host Rotation
Year - ROSE/ SUGAR/ ORANGE/COTTON/PEACH/ FIESTA CHAMPIONSHIP

2016-17 - Jan. 2 - Jan. 2 - Dec. 31 - Jan. 2 - * Dec. 31 /* Dec. 31 - Jan. 9
2017-18 - * Jan. 1 - *Jan. 1 - Dec. 30 - Dec. 30 - Jan. 1 - Dec. 30 - Jan. 8
* Denotes the bowl playing host to a national championship semifinal game

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites

Jabrill Peppers, Jonathan Allen & Zach Cunningham Head Chuck Bednarik Award Semifinalists

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Jabrill Peppers, Jonathan Allen & Zach Cunningham Head Chuck Bednarik Award Semifinalists:

Maxwell Football Club President, Ron Jaworski, announced the 2016 Semifinalists for the 22nd Chuck Bednarik Award for the Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year. The respective list includes a field of 18 candidates for the Bednarik Award as selected by the Maxwell Football Club National Selection Committee.

Photo – LB Zach Cunningham - Vanderbilt

The defensive side of the ball is comprised of fresh contenders, most of whom are making their debuts as Bednarik Award semifinalists. Four different conferences are represented, led by nine student-athletes from the SEC and three each from the Pac-12, Big Ten and ACC. Last season, the Bednarik Award went to Temple linebacker Tyler Matakevich. Matakevich was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 7th round of the NFL Draft 2016.

Semifinalist voting for the Bednarik award presented by the Maxwell Football Club will begin on Tuesday November 1st and will close on November 21st. Three finalists for each award will be announced on November 22, 2016 and a second round of voting will take place at that time. Eligible voters include Maxwell Football Club members, NCAA head football coaches, sports information directors and selected national media. All Semifinalists are listed in alphabetical order with the player's school, position and class designated.

2016 Chuck Bednarik Award Semifinalists:
Name/Position/School/Year

Jonathan Allen DE - Alabama - Senior
Reuben Foster LB - Alabama - Senior
Carl Lawson DE - Auburn - Junior
Cordrea Tankersley CB - Clemson - Senior
Christian Wilkins DE - Clemson - Sophomore
Jarrad Davis LB - Florida - Senior
Desmond King CB - Iowa - Senior
Arden Key DE - LSU - Sophomore
Tre'Davious White CB - LSU - Senior
Jabrill Peppers LB - Michigan - Sophomore
Nate Gerry S - Nebraska - Senior
Ejuan Price DE - Pittsburgh - Senior
Solomon Thomas DE - Stanford - Junior
Derek Barnett DE - Tennessee - Junior
Myles Garrett DE - Texas A&M - Junior
Hunter Dimick DE - Utah - Senior
Zach Cunningham LB - Vanderbilt - Junior
Budda Baker S - Washington - Junior

The winners of the 80th Maxwell Award and the 22nd Chuck Bednarik Award will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show, which will be broadcast live on ESPN on December 8, 2016. The formal presentation of these awards will be made at the Maxwell Football Club's Awards Dinner on Friday, March 10, 2017 at the Tropicana Casino & Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Semifinalist voting for both of the collegiate awards presented by the Maxwell Football Club will begin on Tuesday November 1st and will close on November 21st. Three finalists for both awards will be announced on November 22, 2016 and a second round of voting will take place at that time.

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites

Bama Shuts Out LSU In Key SEC Clash

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College Football Monday - Week 11

Bama Shuts Out LSU To Claim #1 Ranking
Only Five Teams Remain Undefeated in Division 1 Rankings

Team of Week - Arkansas

Offensive Player of Week - QB Mason Rudolph - Oklahoma St.
Defensive Player of Week – LB Reuben Foster - Alabama

Photo - DL Jonathan Allen - Alabama

Upcoming Key Weekly Matchups
Southern Cal at Washington, Baylor at Oklahoma & Wake Forest at Louisville in major Matchups

Alabama's renowned defense once again dominated LSU as HC Nick Sabin beat his former club for the fifth consecutive time. This time it was a shutout as the Bama D limited LSU star running back Leonard Fournette to only 35 yards on 17 carries. Crimson Tide freshman QB Jalen Hurts actually won the game with his legs with 114 rushing yards on 20 attempts and the lone critical TD in the game. Hurts displayed great poise in his first game in Death Valley where the Tigers are almost unbeatable. He threw for only 107 yards on 10 completions of 19 attempts against a very stubborn Tiger defense. The game entered the 4th quarter scoreless with neither offense able to muster an effective passing game.

Hurts finally broke the deadlock on a 21-yard TD run early in the final quarter. #1 Alabama remained unbeaten with the 10-0 shutout and a strong position as the nation’s defending champion. Saban praised his physical defense which did not let LSU run a play from inside the Crimson Tide 30.

The Crimson Tide improved to (9-0, 6-0 SEC, No. 1 AP) won for the sixth straight time against LSU (5-3, 3-2, No. 15 AP). They remain alone in first place in the SEC West, one game ahead of Auburn.

"He has great poise. I don't think the stage is too big for him at all," Saban said about Hurts. "He expects a lot of himself and we expect a lot of him because he's in a role that has tremendous responsibility. He has handled that very, very well."

LSU had its share of big plays, though virtually all on defense that forced Hurts into an early interception in Bama territory. They also stopped him on a 4th-and-goal play and forcing him into a 3rd-quarter fumble. The Tiger's offense could not capitalize against menacing defensive end Jonathan Allen and LB Reuben Foster on the talented Tide unit.

"We played our butt off on defense but we lose as a team," LSU interim coach Ed Orgeron said. "We just couldn't get anything going on offense."

The Tigers finished with 125 total yards. Alabama had five sacks, one more than LSU's offense had allowed in any other game this season. Allen, linebackers Foster, Rashaan Evans and Ryan Anderson and end Dalvin Tomlinson all harassed young LSU QB Danny Etling. Edge rusher Tim Williams applied consistent outside pass pressure.

"We're just dominating the line of scrimmage," Allen said.

Etling completed 11 of 24 passes for 92 yards and 1 interception by Minkah Fitzpatrick in the 4th quarter while under pressure. The turnover led to a late Alabama field goal. The offense also looked flustered at times. LSU had to burn two timeouts early in the 2nd half to avoid delay-of-game penalties, then was called for delay of game on third down in Alabama territory later.

"We just had some miscommunications on what we were trying to do. Unfortunately, that was kind of what bit us," Etling said. "We did some stupid things and made some inaccurate throws."

Leonard Fournette was again the focus of the Tide defense where he has struggled in this matchup annually. Last year, he was held to 31 yards on 19 carries in Tuscaloosa. Saturday night he had only 35 yards on 17 carries. This was with a bye week to prepare and only two weeks after TD sprints of 78, 76 and 59 yards vs Ole Miss. His longest run against the Crimson Tide was just 9 yards.

Saban explained his team's success against Fournette this way: "When you play a great player like that, everybody has to really focus on doing their job. Our guys did it last year. We played a lot of the same stuff that we played a year ago."

Coach Nick Saban improved to 8-3 against his former team since taking over the Crimson Tide in 2007, the result clouded the future of the coaching position at LSU. Ed Orgeron had won his first three games since taking over for Les Miles who was fired in late September.

Michigan is one of only five Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) schools that are still undefeated this season. The Wolverines are off to an 9-0 start for the first time since 2006 and the fourth time in the past 40 years. Michigan recorded a season-high 660 yards of total offense last Saturday vs Maryland. The Wolverines also had a 300-yard passer (Wilton Speight-362), 100-yard rusher (De'Veon Smith-114) and 100-yard receiver (Jehu Chesson-112) in the same game for the first time since Oct. 19, 2013, vs Indiana.

Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett was responsible for four TDs last Saturday against Nebraska, giving him 94 career touchdowns responsible for, one shy of the Big Ten record set by Purdue's Drew Brees from 1997-2000. Penn State has scored 103 points in its last two games, the first time the Nittany Lions have done that since 2008 and the first time in consecutive conference games since 2002. Penn State's 599 yards of total offense last Saturday vs Iowa were its highest total in a single game since 1995 (661 vs. Rutgers) and the most the Nittany Lions have recorded in a Big Ten game since 1994 (653 vs. Michigan State).

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites

Alabama Beats LSU To Hold #1 Position - Top 25 Teams

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Draft Insiders' - Top 25 Rankings
Week 11 – Nov. 7

Team of Week - Arkansas

Offensive Player of Week - QB Mason Rudolph - Oklahoma St.
Defensive Player of Week - DL Jonathan Allen - Alabama

Photo - QB Mason Rudolph - Oklahoma St.

Draft Insiders' - Top 25 Rankings
Rank/ Team/ Rec
1 Alabama) - 9-0
2 Michigan - 9-0
3 Washington - 9-0
4 Clemson - 9-0
5 Ohio St - 8-1
6 Louisville - 8-1
7 Wisconsin - 7-2
8 Auburn - 7-2
9 Oklahoma - 7-2
10 West Virginia - 7-1
11 Western Michigan - 9-0
12 Utah - 7-2
13 Texas A&M - 7-2
14 Florida St - 6-3
15 North Carolina - 7-2
16 Penn State - 7-2
17 Oklahoma State 7-2
18 Florida - 6-2
19 Boise State - 8-1
20 Washington State - 7-2
21 Colorado - 7-2
22 Baylor - 6-2
23 Nebraska - 7-2
24 LSU - 5-3
25 Virginia Tech - 7-2

AP Top 25
Rank/ Team/1st Place Votes / Rec/ Pts

1 Alabama(60) 9-0 - 1524
2 Michigan(1) 9-0 - 1432
3 Clemson 9-0 - 1408
4 Washington 9-0 - 1364
5 Louisville 8-1 - 1255
6 Ohio State 8-1 - 1245
7 Wisconsin 7-2 - 1159
8 Auburn 7-2 - 1081
9 Oklahoma 7-2 - 996
10 Texas A&M 7-2 - 820
11 West Virginia 7-1 - 805
12 Penn State 7-2 - 752
13 Utah 7-2 - 686
14 Western Michigan 9-0 - 583
15 North Carolina 7-2 - 559
16 Colorado 7-2 - 550
17 Oklahoma State 7-2 - 516
18 Virginia Tech 7-2 - 479
19 LSU 5-3 - 454
20 Florida State 6-3 - 450
21 Nebraska 7-2 - 434
22 Florida 6-2 - 390
23 Washington State 7-2 - 305
24 Boise State 8-1 - 226
25 Baylor 6-2 - 90

Others receiving votes: USC 76, Arkansas 74, San Diego State 38, Troy 28, Houston 25, Tennessee 9, Tulsa 3, South Florida 3, Minnesota 2, Navy 2, Wyoming 2

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites

Lamar Jackson & Jabrill Peppers Top Maxwell Semifinalists

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Lamar Jackson & Jabrill Peppers Head Maxwell Award Semifinalists

Maxwell Football Club President, Ron Jaworski, announced the 2016 Semifinalists for the 80th Maxwell Award for the Collegiate Player of the Year. The respective list includes a field of 18 candidates for the Maxwell Award selected by the Maxwell Football Club Selection Committee.

Photo – QB Lamar Jackson - Louisville

A very strong field of Maxwell Award semifinalists includes a representative from every Power Five FBS conference as well two student-athletes each from Alabama and Oklahoma. Clemson QB Deshaun Watson, LSU RB Leonard Fournette and Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey are returners from last year's semifinalist list.

Last season, the Maxwell Award was presented to University of Alabama running back Derrick Henry. Henry was selected by the Tennessee Titans in the 2nd round of the NFL Draft 2016.

2016 Maxwell Award Semifinalists:
Name/Position/School/Year

Jonathan Allen DE Alabama - Senior
Jalen Hurts QB Alabama - Freshman
Deshaun Watson QB Clemson - Junior
Dalvin Cook RB Florida State - Junior
Lamar Jackson QB Louisville - Sophomore
Leonard Fournette RB LSU - Junior
Jabrill Peppers ATH Michigan - Sophomore
Mitch Trubisky QB North Carolina - Junior
J.T. Barrett QB Ohio State - Junior
Baker Mayfield QB Oklahoma - Senior
Dede Westbrook WR Oklahoma - Senior
Saquon Barkley RB Penn State - Sophomore
Donnel Pumphrey RB San Diego State - Senior
Christian McCaffrey RB Stanford - Junior
Trevor Knight QB Texas A&M - Senior
Patrick Mahomes II QB Texas Tech - Junior
Jake Browning QB Washington - Sophomore
Luke Falk QB Washington State - Junior

Semifinalist voting for both of the collegiate awards presented by the Maxwell Football Club will begin on Tuesday November 1st and will close on November 21st. Three finalists for each award will be announced on November 22, 2016 and a second round of voting will take place at that time. The winners of the 80th Maxwell Award Award will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show, which will be broadcast live on ESPN on December 8, 2016.

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites

NFL Power Poll - Week 9 - Patriots Move to #1 Ranking

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NFL Power Poll - Week 9

Patriots Move to #1 Off Strong Tom Brady Performance

Team of the Week - Dallas Cowboys

Offensive Player of Week QB Derek Carr - Raiders
Defensive Player of Week CB Bradley Roby - Broncos

Rookie of Week -RB Jordan Howard - Bears

Photo - Derek Carr - Raiders

Game of Week #10 – Philadelphia Eagles (4-3) at NY Giants (4-3)

NFL Ranking /Record /Team

#1 - 7-1 - PATRIOTS

#2 - 6-1 - COWBOYS

#3 - 6-2 - BRONCOS

#4 - 5-2 - VIKINGS

#5 - 4-2-1 - SEAHAWKS

#6 - 5-3 - FALCONS

#7 - 6-2 - RAIDERS

#8 - 4-3 - PACKERS

#9 - 4-3 - EAGLES

#10 - 4-3-1 - REDSKINS

#11 - 4-3 - GIANTS

#12 - 5-2 -CHIEFS

#13 - 4-3 - STEELERS

#14 - 4-4 - BILLS

#15 - 4-4 - LIONS

#16 - 3-5 - CHARGERS

#17 - 5-3 - TEXANS

#18 - 3-4-1 - BENGALS

#19 - 3-4 - RAVENS

#20 - 3-4 - RAMS

#21 - 4-4 - TITANS

#22 - 3-4-1 - CARDINALS

#23 - 3-5 - COLTS

#24 - 3-4 - DOLPHINS

#25 - 3-5 - JETS

#26 - 3-4 - SAINTS

#27 - 2-5 - PANTHERS

#28 - 3-4 - BUCCANEERS

#29 - 2-5 - JAGUARS

#30 - 2-6 - BEARS

#31 - 1-6 - 49ers

#32 - 0-8 - BROWNS

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year-round basis related to NFL and College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites

College Football Playoff Annouces First Top 25 Rankings

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CFP Announces 1st Top 25 Rankings
Washington Omitted From Top Four Teams

Alabama is No. 1, Clemson No. 2, Michigan No. 3 and Texas A&M is No. 4.
The committee will prepare five more rankings this season, including the final set on Selection Day, Sunday, December 4. The top four teams in the final rankings will play in the Playoff Semifinals on December 31, 2016, at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and Fiesta Bowl.

Photo - TE O.J. Howard - Alabama

The Top 25 Teams voted on by the CFP Committee
1. Alabama (8-0)
2. Clemson (8-0)
3. Michigan (8-0)
4. Texas A&M (7-1)
5. Washington (8-0)
6. Ohio State (7-1)
7. Louisville (7-1)
8. Wisconsin (6-2)
9. Auburn (6-2)
10. Nebraska (7-1)
11. Florida (6-1)
12. Penn State (6-2)
13. LSU (5-2)
14. Oklahoma (6-2)
15. Colorado (6-2)
16. Utah (7-2)
17. Baylor (6-1)
18. Oklahoma State (6-2)
19. Virginia Tech (6-2)
20. West Virginia (6-1)
21. North Carolina (6-2)
22. Florida State (5-3)
23. Western Michigan (8-0)
24. Boise State (7-1)
25. Washington State (6-2)

About the College Football Playoff
The College Football Playoff matches the No. 1 seed vs. No. 4, and No. 2 vs. No. 3 in semifinal games that rotate annually among the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Goodyear Cotton Bowl, Capital One Orange Bowl, Allstate Sugar Bowl, Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual and Fiesta Bowl. The 2016 semifinals will take place December 31, at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and Fiesta Bowl. The national championship game will be Monday, January 9, 2017, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites

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